The Alzheimer’s Association
will use Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
to debunk myths related to the disease, while raising awareness about some truths – including being open about how fatal the disease really is: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only one among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.
The Alzheimer’s Association will encourage everyone to find out more about AD and to show their support for people living with the disease by:
- Participating in The Longest Day event on June 20 – a sunrise-to-sunset event meant to honor those facing Alzheimer’s every day;
- Joining the Alzheimer’s Association in wearing purple throughout the month, especially on June 20. You can show your support by sharing photos of yourself, family and friends dressed in purple – the movement’s signature color – via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #ENDALZ; and by
- Reading the following critical truths about Alzheimer’s disease.
These truths are:
- Alzheimer’s is fatal and there are no survivors. In addition, between 2000 and 2013, the number of Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased 71 percent while deaths related to other major diseases decreased. More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease today, and the number is expected to reach 16 million by 2050.